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Thieves Of Baghdad: The Search For Iraq's Stolen Heritage

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The argument for protecting artifacts takes on added strength when we recognize that we are where we are today, not just because of our failure to provide sufficient security to overcome the long-festering tribal and religious animosities, but also because of our continuing failure to appreciate the importance Iraqis place on the preservation of their history. While protecting the archaeological sites in Iraq is a vital beginning, more needs to be done. To stop the rampant looting and the black market that funnels money into terrorist hands, we must adopt a comprehensive global strategy using all of the elements of international power. This chapter proposes a five-step plan of action to combat the global traffic in illegal antiquities. Military leaders must plan before any action for the protection of cultural property in the proposed area of operations. This protection must go beyond merely putting the site on the no-strike list.

Keywords: Iraq; protection of cultural property



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